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Assigned Credit

If a course at a receiving institution is determined to be equivalent to the course for which transfer credit is being requested, the transfer credit request form is filled in with the name, code and number of credits of the matching course and, if applicable, the effective start date. This is referred to as assigned credit. The entry in the BC Transfer Guide will look like this:



Transfer Credit

Effective Dates

CAPU HIST 109 (3)


SFU HIST 213 (3)

Sept/95 to Aug/04

CAPU HIST 109 (3)


SFU HIST 213 (3) - B Hum

Sept/04 -

In this example, the course for which articulation was requested was Capilano University's History 109 course (Issues and Themes in U.S. History: 1865-Present), which has a credit value of three credit hours at the sending institution. The receiving institution, Simon Fraser University, has determined that HIST 109 at Capilano, when transferred to SFU, will be considered equivalent to SFU's History 213 (United States History, 1877 to 2000), also with a value of three credit hours, if it was taken between September 1995 and August 2004. If the Capilano course was taken after September 2004, it still transfers to SFU as HIST 213, but it can also be used to fulfill a Breadth requirement in Humanities in a degree program.

The 'effective date' is the date on which the transfer agreement came into effect, or the range of dates during which the transfer agreement is or was in effect. Students who took the transferring course prior to the effective date may not be eligible to receive transfer credit if the receiving institution determines that any earlier versions of the transferred course are not equivalent. If an 'effective date' specifies a time period, as in the first entry under "effective date" in the table above, students who took the course during this period will receive the listed transfer credit for the course in that period, and will not receive any other transfer credit previously or subsequently assigned to the course.

Most credential programs require that students complete specified courses at each level. Awarding assigned credit for transferred courses allows students to fulfill these requirements. Therefore, assigned credit is preferred whenever possible, since it is more useful to students in completing their programs.